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Examining the Ethics of Praying With Patients

Winslow, Gerald R. PhD; Winslow, Betty Wehtje PhD, RN

Focus on Spirituality in Nursing Interventions

Nurses should reflect carefully about the meaning and purpose of prayer in the clinical setting before engaging in prayer with patients. This article discusses the ethics of prayer with patients in regard to respectful care of the patient and integrity for the nurse. Five guidelines are offered to assist nurses in their ethical decisions about prayer with patients.

Loma Linda University, Calif.

Corresponding author: Gerald R. Winslow, PhD, Griggs Hall 218, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA 92350 (e-mail:

© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.